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Sudan hangs nine people for beheading journalist


April 13, 2009 (KJARTOUM) — Sudanese authorities hanged today nine men from western Sudan convicted of beheading a prominent journalist since three years ago.

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Mohamed Taha Mohamed Ahmed

Sudanese editor of the Al-Wifaq daily Mohamed Taha Mohamed Ahmed was kidnapped by armed men from his home and his decapitated body was found the following morning lying on the street in southern Khartoum on September 6, 2006.

The execution took place at Kober Prison in Khartoum on Monday. The court had initially s sentenced them to death by firing squad. But the lawyers appealed the sentence.

The crime shocked the journalism world in Sudan and echoed images of the brutal killings by Al Qaeda militiants in Iraq. A group claiming to be al-Qaida’s branch in Sudan issued a claim of responsibility for the murder soon after Ahmed’s body was found.

Taha was himself an Islamist but had angered others by reprinting an article questioning the roots of the Prophet Mohammed.

The authorities said he also angered Darfuris by writing articles questioning the documented stories of rape and sexual violence against women in Sudan’s war-ravaged region of Darfur. He also criticized rebel groups.

The nine hanged were members of the Fur tribe.

Initially the court indicted ten people of Ahmed murder but one of the suspects was later acquitted due to his young age.


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  • 14 April 2009 08:22, by YihHon Alewei

    This is not an independence trial from the court BUT ordered by omar bashir the butcher of darfurians.

    Not matter what, the blood of all people killed by omar bashir will be reclaimed by God.

    Death to evil groups of omar bashir-----------------God bless Darfur---------Amen

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  • 14 April 2009 10:09, by Othogomoi

    am sorry to hear that beheading is still taking place in our country.
    this is an old fashion,abandoned it please.
    just penalty is all we need.

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    • 15 April 2009 08:58, by Albashir

      You are a loser just like Bashir

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  • 15 April 2009 07:13, by Albashir


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